Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sony Xperia XA1 on sale for $50 off at Amazon

If you’re looking for a deal on an unlocked Android smartphone, there’s one available on Amazon right now.

The Sony Xperia XA1 is being offered for $50 off by a third-party Amazon seller. That means that its price is $249 just a couple of months after it went up for pre-order.

As of this post, there are seven units of the discounted Xperia XA1 available. If they run out, Amazon is offering the same unit for $259.42, which is still a discount from the XA1’s original asking price.

The Sony Xperia XA1 is a GSM unlocked Android Nougat smartphone. It’s packing a 5-inch 1280×720 display, 23-megapixel rear camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor, and 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Inside its shell is an octa-core MediaTek MT6757 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot, as well as a 2300mAh battery that you recharge using USB Type-C.

It’s not the most high-end Android phone around, but the Xperia XA1 has a decent spec list that could make it a solid option for folks that want a smaller Android phone. To get a closer look at the Xperia XA1, hit the Amazon link below.

source: androidandme
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Instagram Favorites will let you choose who you share posts with

Instagram today confirmed that it’s testing a brand new feature for its social network.

Called “Favorites”, the newest Instagram feature let you share posts and Stories with a group of people that you choose. When you decide to share a post or Story, you can choose to share it with your Favorites. The people in your Favorites group will see that post with a green “Favorites” badge to identify that only your Favorites can see it.

There’s also a new Favorites tab in your profile that’ll be home to all of your non-disappearing Favorites posts. This way, the people in your Favorites group can see your previous posts, but the tab will appear empty to the people not in your Favorites group.


You can add people to and remove them from your Favorites group whenever you’d like. Other people won’t be notified when they’re added or removed, so the only way they’ll know that they’re in your Favorites is when they see your posts with the green Favorites badge.

With Favorites, you might share more about your experiences on Instagram because you know that what you’re posting will only be seen by a certain group of people. It also eliminates the need for people to create and maintain private Instagram accounts for certain friends.

Instagram is now testing Favorites with a small group of users. The company plans to release it more broadly in the coming months.

source: androidandme
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Friday, June 23, 2017

HTC U11 getting more uses for Edge Sense soon

HTC’s Edge Sense on the U11 allows you to squeeze the sides of the device to perform functions. While a few functions are available out of the box, HTC will be adding more and more as time goes on. The latest video from the company shows off a few new functions.

In Google Maps, a squeeze will zoom in from the default zoomed out view. In Google Photos, a squeeze will zoom into a photo. In the calendar app, a squeeze will slide the month view out. You’ll also be able to answer and end calls, disable alarms, and pause YouTube videos with a squeeze.

To me, this seems like HTC trying too hard to justify Edge Sense. Zooming in Maps and Photos requires a single-handed double tap, which may be easier than a squeeze when you’re holding your device one-handed. Pausing YouTube videos requires two squeezes rather than one, as the first one brings up the controls. This seems particularly half baked.

Whether Edge Sense is useful or not, more ways to use it is never a bad thing. Hopefully some people will get use out of it. These functions are not yet available but HTC plans to introduce them in the future. What are your thoughts on Edge Sense? Leave a comment!

source: androidandme
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with dual 12MP rear cameras rumored for September reveal

Looking forward to the Galaxy Note 8? If so, you’ll want to sit down before you read a new report that’s come out about Samsung’s next Android flagship.

Samsung is reportedly planning to reveal the Galaxy Note 8 in late September. That’s according to VentureBeat, who’s been told by a source that the Note 8 will cost €999, which could turn out to be around $900 in the U.S. given the pricing of the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

For such a high price, you’d expect that the Note 8 will be packed to the gills with high-end features, and you’d expect right. The Note 8 will reportedly have a 6.3-inch 18.5:9 Super AMOLED display, meaning it’ll have the same aspect ratio as the S8 and S8+ but a slightly bigger screen.

Also said to be included with the Galaxy Note 8 is 6GB of RAM, up from 4GB on the S8 and S8+, and a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup. That latter feature would be a first for Samsung, and so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of features the company includes with the Note 8 if today’s rumors pan out.

The Note 8 will allegedly be powered by an Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 processor, depending on the market, as well as a 3300mAh battery. Other rumored features for the Note 8 include a fingerprint reader located to the right of the rear cameras, improved split-screen multitasking, support for Samsung’s DeX dock, and new S Pen features.

The Galaxy Note phones are typically high-end, pro-tier devices, and so we could see Samsung giving the Note 8 6GB of RAM and dual 12-megapixel rear cameras to help it stand out from the S8 and S8+ as well as the other flagship phones on the market. Does the Galaxy Note 8 as described in today’s leak interest you?

source: androidandme
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Top 10 Android app updates this week: MyGlass, Nokia Health Mate

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Google TalkBack - Version 5.2.0


Google TalkBack

What’s new in this version:

  • New Speech Verbosity setting for spoken feedback
    • New earcons
    • Hear feedback when you turn magnification on/off or zoom in/out
    • Hear character count in password fields in Chrome (56+)
    • Shorter delay before usage hints


Snapchat – Version



What’s new in this version:

  • Pinch to zoom out and view the Map! See what’s happening around the world and find your friends. You can choose to share your location with friends or stay off the map with Ghost Mode.


Cortana - Version 2.8.0



What’s new in this version:

  • Now you can set Cortana as your default assistant on Android!
  • Improved calendar consistency across PC and phone
  • Improved app performance


Periscope - Version 1.12.2



What’s new in this version:

  • SUPER HEARTS: Show extra love to your favorite broadcasters by giving them Super Hearts! Super Hearts are new, sparkly, animated hearts, and some are even personalized with your profile pic. You’ll need coins to send Super Hearts – so visit the coin store in a LIVE broadcast to stock up.


Google Allo - Version 13.0.040


Google Allo

What’s new in this version:

  • Video and audio calls: Start a video or audio call with Google Duo. Just tap the Duo icon in the top right corner of your chat to open or install Duo.
  • Personal QR codes: Another way to add more friends on Allo!
  • Bug fixes: Performance improvements for a better chatting experience.


MyGlass - Version 3.5.8



What’s new in this version:

  • Disabling Notification Sync on Android Wear no longer required
  • Bug fixes


Pokemon GO – Version 0.67.1


Pokemon GO

What’s new in this version:

  • Gym features significantly updated to add the all-new motivation system.
  • Added new Gym Badge feature.
  • Added in-app and push notification system for Gyms.
  • Added Raid Battles, a new cooperative gameplay experience.
  • Added four new items available only by completing Raid Battles.
  • Added Raids tab to Nearby screen.


Mobile Passport - Version 2.6.0


Mobile Passport

What’s new in this version:

  •  Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Fastport Passport renewal service
  • Improvements and bug fixes


Inbox by Gmail - Version 1.49.0


Inbox by GMail

What’s new in this version:

  • You can now undo an action taken inside a notification.


Nokia Health Mate - Version 3.1.0

Nokia Haelth Mate

What’s new in this version:

  • Withings is now Nokia. Discover how your trusted health companion app has improved.
  • Simplified navigation – Everything you need is a tap away.
  • Family matters – Enjoy easy access to health profiles of the people you care about.
  • Personal coaching – Achieve your health goals with expanded wellness programs.
  • Mission control – Manage all your settings in one place


source: androidandme
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YouTube TV comes to more markets, YouTube mobile app announced

YouTube TV is a very interesting service but it’s limited to only a few markets. Thankfully, Google has finally deemed it time to expand.

In a few weeks, YouTube TV is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. 

The YouTube mobile app is also going to be updated in the next few weeks. It will adapt to the aspect ration of the video, showing it without black bars. This comes alongside the new desktop UI preview that was launched last month.

If you’re interested in more info, hit the source link. If you’re in one of the 10 markets that YouTube TV is coming to soon, are you going to try the service? Leave a comment!

source: androidandme
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Google introduces VR180, a new 180-degree virtual reality format

YouTube has long supported 360-degree video, but let’s be honest: It’s mostly useless. Having a full 360-degree view is rarely useful for most videos, so Google decided to create a new format called VR180.

This new format is not just a 360-degree video cut in half. It’s much sharper and features stereoscopic 3D, giving it a far more realistic appearance. It also supports livestreaming and works on Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, and Playstation VR as well as non-VR platforms.

The company is also pushing to make it easy to use for creators. The Daydream team is helping with the development of 180-degree cameras, which will be priced about the same as regular point-and-shoots. There are cameras from companies like Lenovo and LG coming this winter. These videos will also be compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro and more.

With only 180 degrees of view to worry about, VR180 will surely be more useful than 360-degree videos. Hit the source link for more info!

source: androidandme
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